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Episode 23: Mental Health & Climate Change

Lise Van Susteren and Natasha DeJarnett

Dr. Lise Van Susteren and Dr. Natasha DeJarnett join this episode of Citizens’ Climate Radio.



Citizens’ Climate Radio is a monthly podcast hosted by CCL volunteer Peterson Toscano. Browse all our past episodes here.

How does climate change affect us psychologically? When faced with extreme weather effects, how is our mental health threatened? What can we do to protect ourselves and our family from that threat? How can climate advocates avoid being overwhelmed by the work? How do we address the anxiety, the anger, and the despair? In episode 23 of Citizens’ Climate Radio, you will hear answers to these questions and much more.

Dr. Lise Van Susteren, a leading expert in the psychological effects of climate change, and Dr. Natasha DeJarnett, a policy analyst in environmental health at the American Public Health Association join podcast host, Peterson Toscano, for a thought-provoking and insightful conversation.


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Fritz Horstman

Fritz Horstman

Artist Fritz Horstman shares the story of his trip to the Arctic Circle to take underwater photographs. The visual landscape of the frozen and thawing north captivated him, but the sounds really inspired him. He asked his fellow artists on the voyage to recreate the creaks and groans of the glaciers for his video, “Ice Voices.”


On Facebook, you encourage people to engage in climate action and join your group. A friend of yours, let’s call her Samantha, comments, “That’s very noble of you, but really the only solution is going to be a technical one. It’s gone too far and they are going to have to geo-engineer a solution. Don’t stress about it. They are working on a fix somewhere.”

So what do you say to Samantha, who believes geo-engineering will solve all of our climate woes, and we should just live our lives until the patch is available?

Send in your answers by May 15, 2018, along with your name, contact info, and where you are from. You can email your answers to radio (at), or leave a voice memo of 3 minutes or less at 570-483-8194 (+1 if calling from outside the USA).

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Citizens’ Climate Radio is a monthly podcast hosted by CCL volunteer Peterson Toscano.